UMass Edges Hofstra 17-13 with Strong 2nd Half

UMass Edges Hofstra 17-13 with Strong 2nd Half

UMass Edges Hofstra 17-13 with Strong 2nd Half

UMass Edges Hofstra 17-13 with Strong 2nd Half

Saturday afternoon's matchup between the visiting #19-University of Massachusetts Minutemen and the #9-Hofstra University Pride had the obvious signs of an early season opener for both squads with the snow shoveled off the field a few feet off the sidelines, plenty of penalties, some sloppy clearing, tons of unsettled situations, and plenty of scoring. The game was tight throughout with neither team jumping ahead of the other by more then four goals at any point. Hofstra lead at half 10-9, but UMass came out with a very solid third quarter outscoring the Pride 5-2 and holding on in the fourth to jumpstart their 2001 season with an upset 17-13 victory over a higher ranked Hofstra squad.

The opening quarter's tempo and scoring pattern was indicative of just how the game was going to pan out over the next three quarters as the two teams exchanged goals in one, two, and three goal scoring spurts. #21-Chris Fiore started the scoring off for the 2001 Minutemen as he scored the first goal of the game unassisted to put UMass up 1-0. The Pride answered a little over two minutes later as #20-Scott Dooley hit #17-Frankie McDermott to tie the game up at 1-1. The next seven goals throughout the last ten minutes of the first quarter were scored by four players as UMass's #1-Marc Morley banged in two as did #29-Mike Tierney and #9-Tom Kessler for Hofstra. In between these three guys two goal scoring bursts UMass's #13-Keith Gabrielli pumped in an unassisted goal of his own. With the three goal scoring run led by Kessler's two goals, the Pride went into the second quarter with an early 5-4 lead over the Minutemen.

Rich Kunkel came out and tied up the game for UMass as he added a goal to go along with his first quarter assist as Morley fed him in the first minute of the second quarter, followed up with #5-Jeremy Guski conversion of #19-Kevin Leveille feed to put the Minutemen back up 6-5. All-around and stud midfielder #26-Doug Shanahan hits Kessler as he finsihes off a first half hat trick to even up the score at 6-6. #27-John Madigan bangs in an unassisted goal for UMass to make it 7-6, then Hofstra's #32-Joe Kostolansky finishes a #15-Kevin Dougherty feed to make it 7-7, with UMass's #4-Don Little getting fed by Leveille to give the lead back to UMass at 8-7. Hofstra's #21-Adam Hananel beat his man from up top and fired one lefty by #11-Chris Campolettano to tie it up at 8-8, followed up by Hofstra's #4-Ramar Clash scoring from the right handed shooting spot about ten yeards out to put the Pride back on top 9-8 with just under 5 minutes left in the first half. Hofstra wins the following face-off and screams downfield almost going up by two with a shot just missing over the top pipe, yet were able to keep possession and call a timeout. Coming out of the timeout Hofstra banged a pipe and then a save by Campolettano was recorded, but UMass's inability to clear their own box in 10 seconds gave the ball right back to Hofstra, with #7-Bryan Walker hitting Shanahan to give the Pride a 10-8 lead with 3:12 left in the half. Hofstra again wins the face-ff and charge right down the field just missing off a busted fastbreak situation, but go man-up on a UMass late-hit. Hofstra is unable to convert the man-up and UMass finally gains possession. In a settled six on six situation UMass's Guski bangs in a high crease feed as Madigan drove the lower left wing and drew enough attention from the Hofstra defense to create some space. The hometown Hofstra Pride go into halftime up 10-9 on the visiting UMass Minutemen.

The second half was all UMass as they outscored Hofstra 5-2 in the third, 3-1 in the fourth and 8-3 overall in the second half. Although down 10-9 going into the second half UMass came out flying and it was apparent the way the game might go by the way the first goal of the second half was scored. Just when it looked as if Hofstra was gonna come out sailing and go up two as they knocked on the UMass doorstep, #44-Matt McFarland picks up the loose rebound on the crease off another Campo save and took it right down the field. As McFarland sprinted down field the Hofstra defense just kind of opened up for him as the three defensemen hung tight to their attackmen. Finally, #2-Paul Hutchen's defensemen picked up the ball leading to McFarland just dumping it off to Hutchen who finished the easy one-on-one against Hofstra's goalie #11 JP Brazel low and away, 10-10. UMass on a man-up situation moved the ball around in a no creaseman circle formation with Leveille banging in a man-up shot from the rigth wing to put UMass up 11-10 early in the third quarter. With Leveille banging in another unassisted goal two minutes later the UMass lead was bumped up to 12-10. Trying to slow down the Minutemen the Hofstra defense goes zone and gets a D-stop, but a botched clear by the Pride led to a loose ball which UMass's #7-Alex Racioppi scoops up and quickly finds Kunkel who fires it past a very unsettled Brazel to make it 13-10 UMass. Hofstra's ironman Shanahan gets a feed from Kessler and then a feed from Walker and bangs both of them in to finally get the Pride on the board in the second half and cut the UMass lead down to 13-11, then to 13-12. UMass's faceoff man #26-Jeff Seals does it all on the following faceoff as he won the draw, scooped up the groundball and pushed it downfield into the Hofstra defense, as the Hofstra fastbreak defense refused to pick up Seals with ball he just stepped in and fired one in high and tight to put UMass back up by two 14-12 which is what the scoreboard would read at the end of the third quarter.

Hofstra tried to bang their way back into the game as they hung tough on a mandown, cleared the ball, and drew a penalty on UMass. Hofstra killed the remaining seconds on their penalty as they played 5 v 5, and then went into the full 6 v 5 man-up offense. After working their man-up and getting the ball around with Kessler feeding the ball to a wide open Kostolansky up top where he lets loose a hands free crank which beats Campo and puts the Pride within one of the Minutemen at 14-13. Hofstra's #5-Richard Sullivan puts his squad in another man-down sitchie with a slash and the UMass offense connects as they got the Pride 5-man zone in a full rotation, skipped the ball around the horn and Racioppi finds a wide open Leveille on the lower right wing who finishes low and away, 15-13 UMass. Two more goals by UMass as they run down the clock in the fourth and the Minutemen rightfully earn a very solid and legitimate 17-13 win over the hometeam Hofstra Pride.

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good call
    by (#764) on 2/24/01 @8:57PM
Good call Inside Lacrosse. I remeber reading your 1999 Recruiting issue and you couldn't say enough about Kevin Leveille. Well, this game proved your lax genius once again, if anyone ver doubted it.
 
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